The ubiquitous Douglas Fir, the tree that populates our forests and provides the skeleton for many of our homes, owes its name to the Pacific Northwest’s most famous botanical explorer.
David Douglas, a 19th Century naturalist, documented 100s of plants in the Western United States, including the fir tree that bears his name.
Tonight, author Jack Nisbet will show slides and discuss Douglas’ life and adventures. Nisbet wrote a book about Douglas called “The Collector.”
The free talk will be at 7 p.m. (Wednesday, Nov. 10) at the Wheelock Library, 3722 North 26th St., in Tacoma’s Proctor Business District. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Here’s more from the Tacoma Public Library about Nisbet’s appearance:
David Douglas was the premier botanical explorer in the Pacific Northwest and throughout other areas of western North America in the 19th century. Douglas’ discoveries include hundreds of western plants, most notably the iconic Douglas Fir.
In Nisbet’s “The Collector” the Spokane historian and naturalist tracks Douglas’ fascinating history, from his humble birth in Scotland in 1799 to his botanical training under the famed William Jackson Hooker, and details his adventures in North America discovering “exotic” new plants for the English and European market.
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